Vladimir Putin's decision to reclaim the presidency next year sets up the possibility that he could rule Russia until 2024 and foreshadows a continuation of the strongman rule that many in the West have called a retreat from democracy. Although Putin departed the Kremlin in 2008 due to term limits and moved about two kilometers (1.5 miles) down the road to the prime minister's office, in a sense he never left at all. He cannily used Russia's state-controlled national TV channels to remain the country's pre-eminent political figure, with appearances portraying himself as a bold adventurer in Russia's wilderness, a vigorous advocate of the country's global importance and, occasionally, as a bit of a rogue consorting with scruffy motorcyclists.
His hand-picked successor as president, Dmitry Medvedev, appeared as little more than a tame youngster in comparison — enthusing about Twitter and issuing earnest statements about the need for reforms, but achieving few tangible results. "He didn't do anything important, and I'm pretty sure they didn't let him do anything," said Vyachelsav Mazurkov, who was spending a cool fall afternoon in a Moscow park soon after the congress of Russia's dominant political party approved Putin's candidacy.
Although Medvedev had shown flashes of independence, particularly in denouncing the corruption that flourished during Putin's presidency, he was seen by many as simply a placeholder while Putin bided his time until he could legally return. If he wins the March 4 election — a near-certainty given his popularity and mastery of Russia's political system — Putin will return to a presidency even more powerful than when he left. In 2012, the presidential term will be extended to six years from four; he would be eligible to serve two terms and just a few weeks shy of turning 59, the avid martial-arts fan's health appears robust.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
The only thing that would make this entire russian episode better is if ronald Reagen was alive today. His jokes on communism were funny...
Even before Putin left office talks were there about his return. If I am not mistaken I think the law was changed to a gap inbetween terms.
Serve the terms, do something else return next cycle.
The only thing he has done that I like was to change their national anthem back to that of the old Soviet Union, with some words changed.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by Agent_USA_Supporter
Actually that is because of the difference in the political setuips between the countries.
In the US, since we dont have a Prime Minister, the President is essentially 2 rolls in one - Head of State and Leader of the country.
Medev is President and form what ive researched is their Head of State. Putin is essentially like the Queen of England except with more power. He gets to do all the "fun" stuff - ribbon cutting, wresteling with polar bears, boxing with leopards and riding around on a horse that has not been seen since the dinosaur age shirtless.
Yes - he reminds me of the Russian version of Jersey Shore.